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2020 Creative

Climate Awards

November 15th - December 15th, 2020

Virtually and in NYC Storefronts​

The Creative Climate Awards (CCA) are an annual series of events that showcase artists creating climate-inspired public works and actions. Over the last decade, CCA has showcased climate-inspired artwork from around the globe, including 194 artists from 31 countries and reached over 200,000 audience members.

Responding to local needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2020 CCAs are bringing the diversity of NYC creatives, environmental and social justice advocates to your doorstep.  Join us for virtual events and see the artwork virtually and in-person in storefronts across NYC.  

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A monthlong festival of virtual conversations, master classes, artist talks, and a citywide exhibit.


15 New York City artists making connections at the intersection of creativity, social justice, and climate to inspire change.


Empty storefronts in Manhattan, Downtown Brooklyn, Long Island City and Astoria,  and the Third Avenue BID of the Bronx.


Guest curators from NYC cultural organizations  MoCADA, Bronx Council on the Arts, Materials for the Arts, Chinatown Art Brigade,

and the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art.



In order to support our NYC-based artists, local businesses, and to address the ongoing health and community concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 CCAs have transformed into a festival of virtual conversations, celebrations, artist talks, and a citywide storefront exhibit.

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Our 2020 CCAs are also focusing entirely on New York City artists.  We invited select cultural institutions across the City to help us showcase how New York can be an example of a diverse city pulling together and making connections at the intersectionality of creativity and climate to raise awareness and inspire change.


Learn more about our artists and see the virtual exhibit below. The top three artists will win cash prizes to support their work. 


Remember to VOTE for your favorite artist!  

Image: Patricia Hoeker of Hoek
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 This year, we are working with empty storefronts throughout NYC  to transform the 2020 CCAs into a city-wide exhibit with locations in Soho in Manhattan, Downtown Brooklyn, Long Island City in Queens, the Third Avenue BID of the Bronx, and beyond. 

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Guest Curators

This year's CCAs are a collaboration with five New York City cultural organizations, including invited guest curators from:  MoCADA (Brooklyn), Bronx Council on the Arts, Materials for the Arts (Queens), Chinatown Art Brigade (Manhattan), and the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor Cultural Center (Staten Island). 

Image: Alejandra Corral
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This year’s Creative Climate Awards is powered through Pollinate Art, a community-driven platform and publication for art communities to connect, create, and share. In a time when the in-person experience is still safely emerging, the Pollinate platform empowers artists and art communities to amplify their reach with audiences wherever they may be. Navigate the self-guided activation through their digital app, see the installations, and listen to a note from the artists and organizers.



Thanks to the following for their support of this year's programs; 

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Thanks to the following for providing storefronts for this year's programs:

Patagonia SOHO

Third Avenue BID

Rockrose Luxury Rentals

Two Trees Management Co.

Meadow Partners

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